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This 17-Year-Old Applied To 20 Colleges And Received A Full-Ride To Every Single One

Micheal Brown is the definition of black excellence.

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Micheal Brown is the definition of hard work and a dedication to excellence paying off.  

The 17-year-old senior at Mirabeau B. Lamar High School in Houston, Texas, applied to 20 of the top universities in the country. He has been accepted and offered full-ride scholarships to all of them.  

"It's something I'm proud of because I see my hard work paying off, determination paying off, sacrifices paying off," Brown told CNN.

Schools like Harvard Unversity, Princeton University, Northwestern University, Yale University, University of Pennsylvania, Stanford University, Georgetown University and Vanderbilt University are some of his top choices. The young man attributes his success to his mother's hard work and dedication. 

His mom, Berthinia Rutledge-Brown, lost three children prior to giving birth to him. So, her bond with Micheal was just that much stronger. She filmed her son as he opened the first letter last year. Micheal, surrounded by friends, jumped for joy as he learned that he was accepted into Stanford.  

"After sixth-grade, Mike was in control of his education," recalled the proud mom. "He was focused, he knew what he wanted and he made his own decisions."

Receiving only one B ever during his academic career so far proves that Micheal is more than a high achiever, he strives for perfection in everything that he does.

He participates in debate, organizations like QuestBridgeEmerge Fellowship and Breakthrough Collaborative, which match students from low-income communities with higher education opportunities. Through these activities, he has met students like him who have also been accepted into Ivy League schools.  

"For me, it's important to highlight that I'm not the only student of color who is achieving," the teen said. "I want people to be informed and get access to these same programs."

Micheal told CNN that he intends to spend the next 30 days touring the schools before his big May 1 decision on which university he will attend.

Photo: Giphy
Photo: Giphy

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